We’ve had Lydia Ainsworth’s second full-length on heavy rotation since it came out on March 31st, and for good reason! From start to finish, the record sees Lydia breaking apart pop motifs and reconfiguring them in delightfully weird ways, exploring a wide range of sonic palettes but always tying everything back together with her signature vocal layering. Every tone on this album feels staunchly deliberate, and with so many elements to dive into, repeat listens find us discovering something new every time. Darling of the Afterglow strikes a perfect balance between busier tracks — like your future summer anthem “What Is It?” — with delicately sparse compositions the likes of “Afterglow” and a devastatingly beautiful cover of “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak. We already want more!
Darling of the Afterglow is available now on vinyl and digitally from Arbutus Records and Lydia’s Bandcamp. She’s currently on tour, with performances in Toronto and Montreal next week. Details on her Bandcamp page.
We’ve long been fans of Toronto‘s Cheldon Paterson aka SlowPitchSound, celebrated sci-fi turntablist and outer solar system sonic explorer. Over the years he’s certainly shown us many wonders, but on his fifth full-length album THK SKN, he takes us on a voyage through realms uncharted.
A score for an imaginary film, THK SKN is full of subtly crafted soundscapes that create a mood rather than jump out at you, flipping nonchalantly from idea to idea with ease, and never neglecting the flow. It even includes one absolutely transcendent pop/R&B single, appearing in the middle of side one and featuring an incredible vocal turn by Shikha Sehgal. But to discover every nook and cranny of this record, you’ll need to listen many times. THK SKN is an imaginary film well worth returning to, over and over.
THK SKN is available now from Bandcamp.
Mozart’s Sister has always hit her stride during emotional peaks. It’s fitting then that the Montreal artist’s newest album, her second, moves through the soaring highs and stomach-wrenching disappointments of a new relationship. It’s wholly consistent, entirely repeatable and infinitely relatable.
“Eternally Girl” moves in at the upper end its synth register, declaring that its narrator perhaps isn’t as grown up as her age would suggest. The middle section, especially though “Moment 2 Moment” and “Angel,” is the cotton candy-flavoured, but in-hindsight naive, sensations of a possibility filled new romance: belted vocals, airy synths, at infectious paces. But the most interesting moment is right at the end, as “Baroque Baby,” in slightly deeper, more grounded tones, describes the short-lived partnership falling flat on its face.
You’ve probably felt it all, or at least something like it. Field of Love is the album your heart would make if you didn’t let your brain talk you down.
Field of Love is available now from Bandcamp.